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Nigeria develops test kit for COVID-19

The federal government has launched RNASwift, a diagnostic kit, for the identification of the causal agent of COVID-19. At a press conference on Tuesday, Alex Akpa, director-general of National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), the agency that developed the kit, said the RNASwift test kit is an indigenous diagnostic test kit designed, developed and validated in […]

COVID-19: This is the right time to lockdown — PTF Chairman

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha yesterday said considering the increasing cases of confirmed COVID-19 in the country, it won’t be out of place to lock down Nigeria the second time. Declaring this during the COVID-19 briefing in Abuja, […]

Breakthrough As Nigerian Scientists Unveil COVID-19 Vaccine

Scientists in Nigerian universities under the aegis of COVID-19 Research Group yesterday announced the discovery of a vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19. Addressing a news conference at Adeleke University in Ede, Osun State, Dr Oladipo Kolawole, leader of the team, said the vaccine was being developed locally in Africa for Africans. Kolawole, a specialist […]

COVID-19: Sanwo-Olu reveals why schools are still closed in Lagos

The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has explained why schools in the state remain closed. Sanwo-Olu, speaking at a press briefing at the State House in Marina, admitted that the guidelines for reopening schools were not ready. The Governor had promised two weeks ago, that the guidelines would be made public. He said schools […]

Scientists announce major breakthrough for cure of COVID-19

A ray of hope emerged on the horizon yesterday, as scientists announced a major breakthrough in the search for a cure of COVID-19, as researchers at Oxford University declared that they found a drug that can save a third of patients. Dexamethasone, a steroid that has been around for decades, has become the first medicine […]

Sanwo-Olu cancels planned reopening of Lagos churches, mosques

Lagos is the epicentre of the highly infectious disease in Nigeria with 7,319 cases. Religious gatherings have been banned in Lagos since March in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease [PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images] Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has cancelled the planned reopening of places of worship in Lagos State. The governor […]

Lagos Discharges 90 Recovered COVID-19 Patients

The Lagos state government has discharged 90 more former COVID-19 patients from its isolation centres after they tested negative twice for the virus. Those discharged included 30 females and 60 males. The patients; 28 from Onikan, 9 from Eti-Osa (LandMark), 10 from Agidingbi, 5 from Gbagada, 2 from First Cardiology, 10 from Lekki, and 26 […]

Infectious Diseases Bill gives me excessive powers, says NCDC boss

Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill gives him excessive powers. He said: “The NCDC feels the Bill, as drafted, gives excessive powers to the Director General of the organisation.” Ihekweazu re-echoed the observations of other health stakeholders that the Bill does […]